Robert W. Strayer Ways of the World: a brief Global History

Strayer, Ways of the World and Ways of the World: A Brief Global History with Sources

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Strayer, Ways of the World and Ways of the World: A Brief Global History with Sources
Chapter 15, Global Commerce, 1450-1750, Reading Quiz

Choose the letter of the best answer. Each answer is worth 10 points.
________1. What was one main difference between the establishment of the British East India

Company in Mughal India and the establishment of the Dutch East India Company in


(A) The British learned the languages, customs, and traditions of the locals while the Dutch did not.

(B) The British used treaties with local Mughal rulers while the Dutch conquered their Indonesian colonies.

(C) The British encouraged intermarriage with elite local women while the Dutch took local women as concubines.

(D) The British had to send 50 percent of their profits back to the government in London, yet the Dutch only had to send a small percentage of money back.

________2. What was the attitude of Japanese shoguns toward Christian Europeans in Japan in the

early seventeenth century?

(A) They welcomed Europeans for their technological knowledge.

(B) They welcomed Europeans as teachers of Christianity, and converted.

(C) They violently expelled all but a few Europeans.

(D) They disliked Europeans, but knew they were powerless to keep Europeans out of Japan.
________3. Which of the following statements best describes the relationship between the new European presence in the Indian Ocean and the already existing Asian commercial networks?

(A) Europeans created a network that became just one among a number of thriving Asian commercial networks.

(B) Europeans destroyed almost all Asian commercial networks, bringing trade largely to a halt.

(C) Europeans gained access to commercial markets only where the local population converted to Christianity.

(D) Europeans ended up gaining little for their efforts, eventually leaving Asia empty- handed.
________4. Which of the following statements about the global silver trade is true?

(A) It fundamentally transformed the Spanish economy, making it one of the most productive and commercialized kingdoms in the world.

(B) It was the first direct and sustained link between the Americas and Asia.

(C) It brought the downfall of the Tokugawa shoguns.

(D) It was monopolized by the British.
________5. In what way did the Chinese response to the global silver economy differ from the

Japanese response?

(A) The Chinese economy became diversified; the Japanese economy did not.

(B) Chinese merchants began exporting goods to other lands; Japan did not.

(C) Inflation destroyed the Chinese economy, but aided the Japanese economy.

(D) Economic changes resulted in ecological devastation in China, but not in Japan.

________6. Within the Islamic world,

(A) most slaves were male.

(B) some slaves acquired prominent military or political status.

(C) nearly all slaves were drawn from southern Russia.

(D) slavery was equated strongly with blackness.
________7. Which of the following statements is true of the West African slave trade?

(A) European merchants secured most of their slaves by seizing them in raids along the West African coast.

(B) In general, European merchants waited on board their ships or in fortified port cities to purchase slaves from African merchants and elites.

(C) Europeans possessed immunities to the diseases of the region, giving them an advantage in controlling the trade.

(D) Africa’s domestic economy benefited greatly from the slave trade.
________8. What were the most common destinations in the Americas for West African slaves?

(A) British North America and the United States

(B) The Caribbean and Brazil

(C) Mexico

(D) Chile and Argentina
________9. How did African slavery in the New World differ fundamentally from past instances of

slavery in world history?

(A) Black Africans had never before been enslaved.

(B) Slavery previously was only practiced in the Middle East.

(C) Slavery in the Americas was associated with race and plantation economies.

(D) Slaves were usually not transported long distances.

________10. How did the discovery of silver mines in Japan impact Japanese fortunes?

(A) The ruling shogunate isolated Japan even more, fearing that greedy Europeans would conquer and enslave Japanese for their silver as they did in the Andes.

(B) The ruling shogunate used the silver to buy a large military and luxury goods for the elites, but did nothing to help commoners.

(C) The ruling shogunate wisely invested wealth from the mines to create a sustainable market-based economy and ecology.

(D) The ruling shogunate disintegrated into civil war and anarchy as factions fought over control of the silver mines.

Chapter 15 Reading Quiz Answer Key

1. B (Original: p. 439-440; With Sources: pp. 679-680)

2. C (Original: p. 441; With Sources: p. 681)

3. A (Original: p. 441-442; With Sources: pp. 681-682)

4. B (Original: p. 442; With Sources: p. 682)

5. D (Original: p. 444-445; With Sources: pp. 684-685)

6. B (Original: p. 450; With Sources: p. 690)

7. B (Original: p. 452; With Sources: p. 692)

8. B (Original: p. 454; With Sources: p. 694)

9. C (Original: p. 450-451; With Sources: pp. 690-691)

10. C (Original: p. 444; With Sources: p. 684)

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